• Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek
    Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek

    Abberior Instruments has partnered with Lastek in Australia and New Zealand to offer the most complete experience for super resolution microscopy. Read more here.

  • Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera
    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera

    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 is the best performing SWIR camera in the world. Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details. Read more.

  • Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro
    Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro

    The new digital laser controller for TOPTICA’s tunable diode laser DL pro sets new benchmarks with regards to low noise and low drift levels.

    Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details.

  • High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources
    High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources

    Analyses multi-line or broadband spectra of cw and pulsed lasers, gas discharge lamps, and more.  Lastek currently have a demonstration system available for evaluation. Read more...

  • Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems
    Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems

    ALIO Designs and Manufacturers Proprietary Robotic Devices and Tools that Enable Precise Nano-Scale Movements for Manufacturing and Research & Development


Laser Quantum: Ultrafast adiabatic second harmonic generation


Second harmonic generation (SHG) is one of the most fundamental techniques used in the photonics laboratory. Widely used in many applications, such as nonlinear spectroscopy, it can suffer from low conversion efficiency to the higher-energy photon when used with short pulses as these can result in low phase-matching. A team from Tel Aviv University, led by Prof Haim Suchowski, recently reported on the technique of adiabatic frequency conversion using a Laser Quantum venteon OPCPA to generate efficient broadband conversion of ultrashort few-cycle pulses into the visible range. To read more about their research, click here.

Ocean Optics: Spectral Analysis of the Total Solar Eclipse

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Figure 1. The solar eclipse as viewed from Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Jeremy Sharp

Monitoring Irradiance using an STS-UV-RAD Spectrometer

A hundred years is a long time to wait for the chance to see a total solar eclipse. On August 21, 2017, with a rare eclipse tracing a path across the country from west to east, the U.S.A finally had their chance.

For those who weren’t in the 60-70-mile “path of totality,” they could travel to the closest region of totality or experience partial eclipses from 75%-90% coverage (Figure 1). More than 300 million people in North America had a chance to view the eclipse according to NASA. The continent was gripped with eclipse mania in anticipation of such an epic, once-in-a-lifetime event.

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New from Edmund Optics: AR Coated Sapphire Windows


  • Stronger and Thinner than Standard Glass Windows
  • Improved Transmission Values in the Visible and Near Infrared Spectra
  • 4 Coating Options Available

Edmund Optics TECHSPEC® Anti-Reflection (AR) Coated Sapphire Windows feature popular coating options yielding improved transmission in the visible and NIR wavelength ranges. Sapphire is a structurally stable monocrystal and as the second hardest crystalline material after diamond, windows can be manufactured thinner than standard glass types. The TECHSPEC AR Coated Sapphire Windows’ thin substrates, combined with high efficiency AR coatings, make them ideal for any rugged imaging, laser-based, or visual applications requiring protective windows.

Toptica: From Quantum 1.0 to Quantum 2.0

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Wilhelm Kaenders gave a “Visionary Speakers” talk on quantum science and business at FiO 2017.

Recently, Toptica's president Wilhelm Kaenders held a keynote presentation at the OSA Frontiers in Optics Conference in Washington about his vision of the future of quantum technology. He described the "small-company perspective" of the transition from laboratory-only experiments towards large projects with public interests. Read more in this article.

Announcing: 2nd Workshop on Data Assimilation & CFD Processing for PIV and Lagrangian Particle Tracking


The "2nd Workshop on Data Assimilation & CFD Processing for PIV and Lagrangian Particle Tracking" will take place on December 13-14, 2017 in Delft, The Netherlands, sponsored by LaVision.

Many procedures are nowadays available that increase or enhance the information measured with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV) resp. Lagrangian Particle Tracking (LPT) or other flow measurement systems using techniques imported from the CFD and applied mathematics community. The advent of time-resolved and volumetric measurements have multiplied the possibilities with much excitement of PIV and PTV development researchers as well as from the applied fluid mechanics community. The methods range from regularization strategies using the (simplified) Navier-Stokes-equation or the use of the momentum equation to obtain pressure from velocity measurements, to variational data-assimilation frameworks using adjoint CFD solvers.

Following the success of the first workshop last year, many positives responses have been received to the organization of the second workshop and two keynote lecturers have been invited:

Prof. Dr. Peter Schmid, Imperial College, London: "Data assimilation and dynamic observers for data-based flow field recovery"

Dr. Dominique Heitz, IRSTEA, Rennes: "Coupling experimental and computational fluid dynamics: synopsis of approaches, issues and perspectives"

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Abet announces a new line of QE Measurement Systems


The Abet AB6000 series QE Measurement Systems provide turnkey solutions for spectral characterization. An LED based light engine allows DC to high frequency monochromatic light generation. No chopper or order sorting filters required. The 250 mm focal length, direct drive monochromator offers high scan speed and generous light output. Micrometer driven slits allow reproducible bandwidth control.

The base system includes all the necessary hardware and software. A built in Windows 10 PC allows full control of test parameter settings and instrument performance. PHOTOR software controls the instrument and offers complete data analysis capabilities.  Also included are the required bias light, a bias voltage supply, a DSP powered lock-in amplifier, and I/V converter to separate AC from DC signals and amplify them, all necessary reference and monitor cells, temperature monitoring electronics and as ordered cell mounting and contacting hardware, temperature control, XY translation stages for QE mapping, or Internal Quantum Efficiency Option.

Optional range extension options increase the range of the AB6000 from 350 to 1100 nm to 300 to 1800 nm.

Download pdf brochure here.

LaVision extended its portfolio to a UV lens designed for optimal performance with intensifiers

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One of the main advantages of this lens is the capability of correcting chromatic aberrations.

The selection of objectives with high transmission in the ultra-violet wavelength ranges when working in the field of UV-imaging with lasers or self-emission is quite limited. That’s why LaVision had designed an optimized lens which perfectly matches the requirements of combustion diagnostics and all UV imaging with intensifiers or a UV-sensitive camera.

Besides its capability of minimizing chromatic aberrations with this unique designed UV lens, its low minimum f-number of the lens is a precious benefit for high light collection efficiency. The focal length of 85 mm leads to shorter working distances compared to "standard" lenses.

This UV-lens is perfectly suited for the use with 25 mm intensifiers, resulting in a large image size and an excellent image quality. In addition, it is possible to perform the image calibration in visible light in order to subsequently work in the UV range while maintaining the same focus position.


Fast and Accurate Laser Safety Calculations with LaserSafe PC from Lasermet

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LaserSafe PC from Lasermet has become the one of the most widely used Laser Safety Calculation software programmes in the world. Version 5.1 is now released which includes all the amendments introduced in IEC / EN 60825-1: 2014, ANSI Z136.1-2014 with CDRH 21 CFR § 1040.10 Classification option.

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Ekspla PhotoSonus: Mobile High Energy Tunable Laser System for Photoacoustic Imaging

PhotoSonus series High Energy tunable Lasers for PAT

Following the demand of high output energies in the photoacoustic market for imaging larger volumes of tissue, the Ekspla PhotoSonus, a new high energy tunable laser source for photo-acoustic imaging has been introduced. Time-tested Ekspla nanosecond pump laser, parametric oscillator, power supply and cooling unit are integrated in a single robust housing to provide mobility and ease of use.

Highly flexible PhotoSonus platform makes it easy to be integrated and used in a photoacoustic imaging system: it is fully motorized and computer controlled, have user trigger outputs/inputs and special functions as fast tuning between OPO wavelengths. Parametric oscillator generates output energies up to 200 mJ at peak. Achieving a highly uniform spatial distribution from OPO and adjustable beam diameter helps homogeneously couple various size fiber bundles and deliver balanced energy light to the target. By employing a wide range of other options (like access to OPO idler range, toggling between OPO and fundamental wavelengths through simultaneous output), this laser system can be modified to specific user requirements in order to expand photo-acoustic imaging possibilities. Read more.

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Ametek SI present a library of video tutorials on Electrochemistry theory and techniques

Video Tutorial: Electrochemistry: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

AMETEK Scientific Instruments is the global leader in the design, manufacture, and support of instrumentation for both the electrochemical and materials communities.  Comprised of Princeton Applied Research, Solartron Analytical, and Signal Recovery, AMETEK Scientific Instruments delivers solutions to meet performance and price requirements. Princeton Applied Research and Solartron Analytical continue to innovate in both DC and AC measurements to the benefit of users studying energy devices, physical electrochemistry, corrosion, and solid-state materials.  Now, Ametek SI have assembled a library of tutorials and other materials to assist customers to learn about techniques and equipment for electrochemistry. The full library is available online at youtube here.

The video above covers theoretical basics of Electrochemical Theory, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) theory, and Potentiostat Working Theory. Other videos in the series discuss applications, experimental technique, software and hardware. Comprehensive on-line application notes are also made available. For Princeton Applied Research products, this library may be found here. For Solartron Analytical systems, the library may be found here. For further information, please contact Lastek. 

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